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Kimberly Winston

Kimberly Winston is a freelance religion reporter based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

All Stories by Kimberly Winston

No deathbed conversion for atheist Stephen Hawking

By Kimberly Winston — March 20, 2018
(RNS) — The investigative site Snopes deems as false a claim that Hawking was converted by Pope Francis.

From ‘Downton’ to Jerusalem, actor Hugh Bonneville searches for Jesus

By Kimberly Winston — March 16, 2018
(RNS) — The beloved 'Lord Grantham' takes his background in theology to Jerusalem in a new documentary.

A brief history of Stephen Hawking’s atheism

By Kimberly Winston — March 14, 2018
(RNS) — His nonbelief was more of a slow simmer than Richard Dawkins' explosive ire.

The Slingshot: .Bible; Catholic labor; Church safety

By kimberly-winston-and-jerome-socolovsky and Kimberly Winston — March 14, 2018
American Bible Society’s .bible domain policies restrict religious freedom online, critics say. Why are Catholic bishops backing unions at the Supreme Court? Lightning kills 15 worshippers in Rwanda, as government cracks down on unsafe churches

Pressure mounts on Trump after Putin’s recent anti-Semitic remarks

By Kimberly Winston — March 12, 2018
(RNS) — The calls for action came after a March 10 airing of an NBC interview in which Putin suggested Russians were being wrongly targeted for election tampering.

The Slingshot: Pope poll; Ham served; Guns targeted

By kimberly-winston-and-jerome-socolovsky and Kimberly Winston — March 7, 2018
Pope Francis is still popular, but warm feelings waning among conservatives. After a rescinded invitation, Ken Ham talks about God at an Oklahoma university. Why carrying a gun is an immoral act, according to Marilynne Robinson.

First-edition Book of Mormon sells at auction for $80,000

By Kimberly Winston — March 1, 2018
(RNS) — The starting bid was $1, but the final 15 minutes of the weeklong auction were punctuated by rapidly rising bids in mostly $500 increments.

CBS hopes viewers will want to watch, if not live, ‘Biblically’

By Kimberly Winston — February 28, 2018
(RNS) — The network enlisted the aid of actual clergy to make 'Living Biblically' more realistic and, hopefully, more funny.

The ’Splainer: Billy Graham, lying in honor and civil religion

By Kimberly Winston — February 28, 2018
(RNS) — Some see the honor as worthy of a preacher who had the ear of American presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama, while others see it as a violation of the separation of church and state.

The Slingshot: Arrested clergy; Indonesian floggings; Graham in the White House

By kimberly-winston-and-jerome-socolovsky and Kimberly Winston — February 28, 2018
Dozens of nuns, other Catholics arrested advocating for immigrants. Christians flogged in public for playing banned children’s game in the Indonesian province of Aceh. Billy Graham and American presidents shared personal bonds.

David Wise: Olympics are ‘temporary,’ faith and family are forever

By Kimberly Winston — February 16, 2018
(RNS) — For Team USA skier David Wise, the tough road from Sochi to Pyeongchang has required him to lean heavily on his faith and family.

Skiier Nick Goepper gets ‘gnarly’ with God

By Kimberly Winston — February 16, 2018
(RNS) — 'I kind of envision me skiing and God is kind of like an eagle right next to me screeching in my ear that everything is going to be all good,' the freestyler said.

The Slingshot: Hearts and ashes; Pence and Jesus; Carnival and curling

By kimberly-winston-and-jerome-socolovsky and Kimberly Winston — February 14, 2018
When Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine's Day, what's a clergyperson to do? Omarosa says Mike Pence ‘thinks Jesus tells him to say things.’ Jews and Muslims invited to Carnival in Germany. Former Olympic curling hopeful is now a priest.

Veteran Team USA hockey player Gigi Marvin wants gold and God

By Kimberly Winston — February 14, 2018
(RNS) — Pads, helmets, goggles and gloves are secondary equipment for Gigi Marvin.

‘It’s all right,’ Christian Kelly Clark says after final Olympics run

By Kimberly Winston — February 12, 2018
(RNS) — The five-time Olympian didn't get a medal, but the snowboarder says her true sense of self-worth comes from her faith.
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